In a three-storey house in a quiet neighbourhood in southern Taipei, toddlers play with toys while the adults chat, rest or watch TV. Children are among those sheltered at Harmony Home.
They have lived in the house for more than a year, but from the start the local community has made it clear that their presence is unwelcome. The reason? Those living in the home either have Aids or are HIV positive.
The prevalence of Aids and HIV has traditionally been very low in Taiwan, accounting for less than 1% of the population. But in the past three years, the number of new cases has roughly doubled each year. Health experts have warned that Taiwan is on the brink of an HIV/Aids outbreak. [Full Text]